IMT Mines Ales, one of oldest France’s elite Schools of Engineering
Among the oldest France’s elite Schools of Engineering, IMT Mines Ales (also known as Ecole nationale superieure des mines d’Ales) was founded in 1843. The main campuses are located in Ales city, in the south of France, 1 hour from Montpellier.
While proud of its own heritage, it has recently become part of the national ‘Institut Mines Telecom’ (IMT). IMT is the biggest group of Engineering Schools in France (‘grandes ecoles d’ingenieur’: highly selective and prestigious institutions).
IMT Mines Ales’s objectives are to contribute to the economic, technological, environmental and social development. It has put a strong emphasis on its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. In 2020, it has ranked 301-400 in the ‘THE Impact’ world ranking dedicated to the SDGs.
IMT Mines Ales conducts research and education in 6 fields of technological expertise covering:
IMT Mines Ales has 1.400 students (mainly graduate and post-graduate students) including 20% of international students coming from 45 countries. IMT Mines offers many graduate courses, including several international programs fully taught in English (from 1-semester exchange programs to 2-year master curricula). It has 90 international partnerships with foreign universities, including 30 double-degree agreements.
IMT Mines Ales hosts 5 research laboratories, including 2 Joint Research Units with Montpellier University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which is among the world's leading research institutions. IMT Mines Ales is also member of 4 doctoral schools and offers various PhD programs to national and international students.
It has very strong connections with the industry and has been the first School in France to create a technological and business incubator. Every year, several start-ups from the incubator get selected to participate to the ‘CES’ international innovation show in Las Vegas.
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The Ecole des Mines d'Ales is a French Institute for Engineering and Applied Science under the tutelage of the French Ministery in charge of Industry
Engineering Education :
- First year : a common core of engineering disciplines
- 2nd and 3rd year : Graduate School with 4 departments :
Applied Reseach Three Research Centers :
Technology Transfer and "Entrepreneurship"
Some Key Figures
Employees : 296
Outside Professors : 250
Budget : 22,4 M€
Turnover : 3M€
30 000 m2 building
12 000 m2 being laboratorie
L'École des Mines d'Alès is located over 3 locations in France: Alès, Nîmes and Pau. The school's main site is located in Alès.
The addresses of the three sites are shown below, as well as information on how to reach them.
6, Avenue de Clavières, 30319 ALÈS
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 78 50 00 - Fax: +33 (0)4 66 78 50 34
Alès has excellent road, rail and air links with the rest of France. It is about 40 km from Nîmes airport and 70 km from Montpellier-Méditerranée airport. It is accessible by several highways (A7, A4 and A54) and by rail (take the TGV (High Speed Train) to Nîmes and then change for Alès). Alès is located around 40 minutes from Nîmes by train.
Parc Scientifique Georges Besses, 30035 NÎMES
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 38 70 00 - Fax: +33 (0)4 66 84 05 06
Nîmes has good transport links to the rest of France, with it being close to the N113 (Bordeaux-Marseille) and N86 (Lyon-Avignon) motorways as well as the A9 (la languedocienne: Orange - Spain) and the A54 (Nîmes - Salon-de-Provence). It is also possible to get to the city by train (SNCF-TGV) or plane arriving at the city airport or at the airport of Montpellier, which is 53 km from Nîmes.
2 avenue P. Angot, 64000 PAU
Tel: +33 (0)5 59 30 54 25 - Fax: +33 (0)5 59 84 42 96
2h from Lyon
2h from Toulouse
3h from Barcelone
1h from Aix-Marseille
2h30 from Nice
By train (TGV):
3h from Paris
By plane (Montpellier airport):
1h from Paris
+ 30 minutes (from Nîmes)
1h30 from Toulouse
5h from Barcelone
2h from Bordeaux
1h from Bayonne
By train (TGV):
2h from Bordeaux
5h from Paris
By plane (Pau-Pyrénées airport):
1h15 from Paris
Part of the prestigious École des Mines Group of engineering schools (grandes écoles d'ingénieurs), L'Ecole des Mines d'Alès is a graduate Institute of Engineering and Applied Science in Alès, southern France, with additional campuses in Nîmes and Pau.
The 'Grandes Écoles' represent the French standard of excellence in academic education for the fields of science, technology, engineering and management. They lead to the postgraduate French degree of 'diplôme d'ingénieur' (equivalent to a master's degree) and attest a high level training, founded on a rare blend of broad-based studies in science, engineering and management.
More than 20,000 Grande École graduates per year find jobs in most industrial sectors, but also in new firms, business, services, public administrations, research institutes and consulting companies.
Samples of ambitious technological programs performed thanks to graduates of Grandes Écoles:
Whilst the name of the school hints at its mining related past, École des Mines d'Alès is now an institute for multidisciplinary engineering, covering areas from civil engineering and risk management to information systems engineering and nuclear engineering.
The Alès sites include the administrative buildings, classrooms, research centres, the Maison des Élèves (Student Residence) and the Musée de Minéralogie amongst others.
Both the small size of the town and the good quality of the transportation system allow easy access to all the different areas.
The School has its own restaurant open from morning until evening Monday to Friday and Saturday morning to noon.
The Cyber Espace Café provides an entertaining and relaxing meeting place, as well as free access to computers and the Internet.
Students of the schoool have the opportunity of being housed at the Maison des Élèves (Student Accommodation). The student accommodation is managed by the Association of Former Students of École des Mines d’Alès.
The student accommodation is located around 2km from the École des Mines d’Alès site; it includes both the houses and a several communal areas with a laundry room, washing machines, dryers, games room, television room, etc.
The rooms are individual and include a single bed, a wardrobe, a desk, a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Some rooms in the student accommodation are also equipped with kitchenettes.
Students have on-site access to a weight-training room, sports facilities for beach volleyball, tennis, a climbing wall and can take advantage of many other opportunities to help them enjoy a full and varied social and active life.
School spirit is fostered through the different associations and clubs available to students (photography, humanitarian work, astronomy) as well sports teams (rugby, football, basketball, etc.) encouraging team spirit and cooperation.
The A.I.M.A. association (Association des Internationaux de l'École des Mines d'Alès) was created in February 1998. With students, doctorate students, staff and interns from around the world representing approximately 35 different nationalities, the association aims to facilitate the integration of newcomers and to encourage international relations. The association also offers different activities for students to get to know better the school, city and region.
A.I.M.A. Tel: +33 (0)4 66 78 51 63
If you require any more information or if you have any questions, please contact the International Education Service:
Head of International Education Service
Bâtiment B, Bureau B 116
6, Avenue de Clavières
30319 Alès CEDEX - FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 78 51 60 - Fax: +33 (0)4 66 78 20 05
Assistant to Head
Cécile DUBANT - Bâtiment B, Bureau B 120
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 78 51 10 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Françoise ANDRE - Bureau 4 231 (Nîmes) - Bureau B 114 (Alès)
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 38 70 03 /20 77 - Email: email@example.com
Sylvie LARGUIER - Bâtiment B, Bureau B118
Tel: +33 (0) 4 126.96.36.199 - Email: Sylvie.Larguier@mines-ales.fr
At the Alès site - Fax: +33 (0)4 66 78 20 05
At the Nîmes site - Fax : +33 (0)4 66 38 40 98
In order to call France from abroad, dial 33 + phone number (without the first 0 of the 10 digit number).
For example, to call the school operator:
- calling from abroad: +33 (0)4 66 78 50 00
- calling from within France: 04 66 78 50 00
C2MA - Center of Materials Research
LGEI - Center of Industrial Environment and Industrial and Natural Risks
LGI2P - Center of Computer and Production Engineering
The International Master Disaster Management aims to train managers able to anticipate and manage major crises which can have health and environmental consequences for the affected countries. It will allow students to deepen their knowledge base by integrating an international dimension on large-scale crises. It also incorporates the emergency humanitarian concept that is organized in crisis situations, usually conflicts or natural disasters. The Master International DAMAGE rests on two pillars : risk analysis and crisis management. The students will incorportate update competences and skills enabling to assess the on-site risks (risk analysis methods), to propose solutions for risk reduction, preparedness planning, and to evaluate the vulnerability.
At the end of the cursus, students will be able to critically analyze :
Over two academic years (three semesters), the master is 120 ECTS credits. Practical training courses (offered by professionalists) are representing 90 credits. The year M1 is constituted by the UE1 to UE 6, year M2 consists of UE7 to UE10. A Master internship (6 months) is representing 30 credits.
|1||Risk Assessment Methods|
|2||Management of humanitarian emergencies|
|4||Personal development module|
|6||Science and Technology Communication|
|8||Personal Development Module|
Standard fees for 24 months are :
Some costs may be funded by certain French embassies or within the framework of agreements between certain international institutions
Compulsory basic medical insurance is about € 215 /year (covering 70% of medical treatment). An additional heathcare cover is strongly recommended for a remaining 30 (€200/year approx.)
What kind of degrees are available at IMT Mines Ales?
IMT Mines Ales is part of the prestigious Institute Mines-Télécom. IMT Mines Alès is a graduate Institute of Engineering and Applied Science in Alès, southern France. About us Established in 1843, the University’s original function was to train mining engineers, However, having adapted to the needs of modern day industry, it is now an instute for multidisciplinary engineering, covering areas from civil engineering and risk management to information systems and nuclear engineering
The University specializes in the following areas of study:
The University offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.
More information : http://www.mines-ales.fr/international
Do I need a French credit card ?
You do not need to have it. However, the card required to ease your work. As per IMT Mines Ales agreement with the LCL bank, you will get an opportunity to open a bank account for free, which includes also your credit card.
Do I need a French social insurance ?
Yes, the French social insurance is a mandatory issue in France. You will be instructed in the beginning of your study.
Where can I find information on what to visit in Ales ?
After the selection process you will be advised to easiest ways to reach Ales. Moreover, we advise you the following websites concerning the sightseeing around Ales https://www.ales.fr/ http://www.cevennes-tourisme.fr/
Am I allowed to work as a student ?
Yes, it’s allowed, however, it’s rather difficult to find a part time job in Ales (due to the fact that courses are from Monday to Friday) and the low number of touristic activities (e.g. restaurant on winter in Ales or in the neighborhood.
There are many questions before arrival: residence permit, insurance and other important issues. Where do I find information about the things that must be considered before arrival ?
The studies start in the beginning of October each year. 3-4 days before the starting date, which about you will be informed, would be better for you to arrive and settle. We will help you for the for the first steps of formalities During the first week, all the administrative issues will be taken in consideration (and the secretariat office will provide you some support). For instance, we’ll organize for you (at the University) meetings with insurance companies, bank, immigration office etc..
Where do I have to go first when I arrive in Ales ?
You have to inform us (two weeks in advance) about your flight schedule and we’ll provide you some information about the travel from Paris to our University. In some cases, we’ll also capable to with for you at the Ales Railway station.
How do I get to the University ?
Alès, the site of our main campus, is an industrial centre of the Occitanie, region in southern part of France. It is located between the Cévennes National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. Alès benefits from excellent road, rail and air links with the rest of France. It is around 70 km from Montpellier-Méditerranée airport, accessible by several highways and by rail, with links to the TGV (high speed train) network in neighbouring Nîmes. Other closest airports are in Nimes, and Marseille.
Does the University have accommodation on the campus ?
Yes, the student accommodation is managed by Alumni (the Association of former students of IMT Mines Ales). The student accommodation includes both the houses and a several communal areas with a laundry room, washing machines, dryers, games room, television room, etc. The student accommodation is located around 2 km from the IMT Mines Ales (easily feasible by walk or bus, or, by bicycle and other student’s car which is quite friendly. Student residence is also available during summer holidays. The parking is available in the campuses, which is secured by security cameras and have access only by student’s card.
At the University, various associations and clubs are available to students (photography, humanitarian work, astronomy) as well sports teams (rugby, football, basketball, etc.) encouraging team spirit and cooperation.
Is there a canteen at the University ?
Yes, there are two places to eat at the University (café and canteen). Canteen at the University provides meals. University facilities tend to be good value for money. Vegetarian food is available at the canteen
What is it advised to bring with ourselves for accommodation ?
Internet cable, bed sheet for single bed is required when you arrive in your student residence.
Where can I buy essential items ?
There are several stores in Ales, where you can buy all necessary items you need. The closest shopping center is about 1km from the student residence (walking distance). Despite that, there are Second Hand stores available in the city.
What is the accommodation like ?
The rooms are individual and include a single bed, a wardrobe, a desk, a bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. Some rooms in the student accommodation are also equipped with kitchenettes. There are 3 kinds of rooms in the student residence (Maison des Eleves): Simplex, Duplex and Studios. Depending on the criteria their sizes, equipment and prices differ. Studios are generally not available at the beginning of the course.
All rooms have bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, which are private.
Accommodation at the students’ residence costs about 400 Euros per month. (there are potential scholarships for accommodation). For more information: please contact : admission-damage @mines-ales.fr
What is the cost of living like for students living in IMT Mines Ales ?
The living expenses in Ales are about 500 euros per month (including rent and food). The total living expenses should not exceed 7,000 Euros per year (transport food and accommodation).
Where can I find the most up to date information about Master program courses ?
We are in social media like Facebook, Twitter; you also can use the Master Damage course and University websites in the following links. http://master-disaster-management.com https://www.mines-ales.fr
What are the entry requirements for the Master Disaster Management and Environmental Impact ?
All student must apply on the following platform : https://msc.mines-telecom.asia where they can upload the profile (CV, copy passport, 2 letters of recommendation).
The Disaster Management course is open to both those who are entering direct from their undergraduate studies and those are already in employment. Your degree qualifications will be checked and verified once IMT Mines Ales receive your application.
Minimum entry requirements are:
• Applicants must hold a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in the field of engineering (chemistry, mechanics, environmental sciences, logistics)
• Applications with the first experience of 10 years in industry are also eligible.
What the English language qualifications do I need? Will my English be tested ?
Proven English proficiency either via: Native language, Bachelors’ degree taught in English, English proficiency tests such as TOEFL IBT 105, IELTS 6.5, TOEIC 800, Cambridge CAE.
You should provide English language certificates when you upload your profile on the platform. Your language level will be identified during an interview.
There is no mandatory for the Master Damage to speak French. But if you are looking for a part-time job, the French language is required.
What is the language of teaching ?
The whole Master Damage is instructed in English. Teaching and grading for all classes are taught in English within small groups. Moreover, some French courses are offered for student during the first semester.
Can I visit the University before the Intake ?
Yes it’s completely possible. For that purpose, please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an appointment
Do I have to take exams during my courses? What kind of exams? When are the exams ?
Exams are conducted in English as well. Yes, there will be exams throughout the course. The whole Master Disaster Management program consists of 10 modules and there are oral, verbal exams and case study presentation at the end of each module.
The teaching modules include up to 120 ECTS credits. The program is two years as follows:
It’s not possible to choose or select modules (they are all mandatory and strictly ordered to have the diploma).
Once I completed my studies, when do I have my transcript ?
The provisional transcript is rapidly available. The final official document is available after few months after the completion of the studies.
What can I do after I have graduated ?
Graduates of the Disaster Management MSc will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to seek employment in a range of areas including:
The main job is Disaster program manager (but Job opportunities are : Disaster recovery Manager, Regional emergency coordinator, Disaster program manager, Disaster recovery specialist, Disaster Assistance general planner, Disaster recovery coordinator etc..).
Is it possible to stay in France after I have graduated ?
Yes it’s possible: The, yo can apply for APS (Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour). The Stay back offered varies from nationality to nationality)
Once you have completed the course (get attestation de jury or attestation de réussite from the school), apply for APS at your prefecture as soon as possible with the following documents (passport, proof of address, diploma etc..)
When do classes start ?
Classes start each year in October. All information related to the registration at the University will be provided to you in the first weeks of your studies. (e.g. username and password from IMT Mines Ales, insurance, immigration,)
How to know if I’m eligible ?
When you apply for Master Damage program, you must have a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in the field of engineering (environmental sciences, logistics, and management) or sciences (chemistry, mechanics). Applicants with the first experience in the industry are also eligible. A proof of English level is also mandatory.
Your application will be reviewed by the administration and you will be contacted by email or phone about the results.
Where and when do I find the application information for the Master program ?
Applications are open from January to September each year on the following platform : https://msc.mines-telecom.asia. The final deadline for application is September 10.
All applications will be made online (there is no fee for application). Some documents must be scanned and uploaded. After receiving your application, we will schedule your admission interview session via skype or WhattsApp. After approval, the applicant will receive a first application letter saying that the candidature is accepted. This letter includes all the bank information from IMT Miens Ales. The candidate has to pay 500 € (the first payment) and upload a proof of bank transfer. After this phase, the candidate receives the final letter (suitable for visa application).
There is one intake per year. It’s possible to defer your intake (your acceptation letter is valid one year).
Do I need a Visa ?
A student visa is required to study in France. After you’ve bee accepted (and you have the final letter in hand), the student has to start the visa process with the French Embassy or campus France. Once, you have applied, you can expect 15 to 25 days for the final decision. Please take note some fees (depending of countries). The visa application requires to prove that you have the available resources to support yourself (from an external source or from the student’s bank account). If you have a dual nationality (Europe and outside Europe) we advise you to use your European passport.
Are there scholarships ?
Yes, there are scholarships for the accommodation (housing and food) directly available at IMT Mines Ales. IMT Mines Ales has some collaboration with companies that have the potential to provide some other scholarships. The admission office can also provide you some information about this purpose.
What are the fees ?
Standard fees for 24 months are:
A first down payment will be done no later than one month after the provisional acceptation letter. However after this down payment remaining amount will be paid no later than September First. A proof of payment will be given by the secretariat.
Does the University accept alternative qualifications (professional experience) for Master program degree courses ?
Yes, for the Master of Science, the admission board accepts a professional experience of 10 years. IMT Mines Ales is a “grandes Ecoles” (a University of Technology) that requires a minimum background in Science (maths, physics etc..). However, the Msc Disaster Management includes a limited number of course where math, physics or engineering sciences are intensively used.
Is a year in industry part of the course (internship) ?
The Master Disaster Management involves a 6 months internship. This mandatory internship is done on year 2 (from Mars to August). This internship can be made in France or abroad in a company, in an SME, a research lab, in an international institution or an NGO.
I want to upload the document on the IMT Platform, what file type of document is required ?
The candidature of the online platform is free. When you upload your candidature, the following document smust be uploaded : recent photography, copy of the passport, CV, high school certificate, bachelor’s level degree certificate, certified transcripts of records, detailed syllabus of the Bachelor course; English language test document, two letters of recommendation
Please email email@example.com, where you will be forwarded.
The Master DAMAGE is collaborating with
The Master Damage is co managed by Ecole des Mines d'Ales and Université de Nîmes :
Ecole des mines d'Ales (part of Institut Mines-Télécom network) is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in engineering, materials and environment The institution is under the authority of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communication. Always attentive to the economic world, it combines strong academic legitimacy, close corporate relations and a unique focus on 4 key transformations of the 21st century in information Technologies, Energy, Ecology and Production. Its activities are conducted in ten Mines and Télécom graduate schools. The schools of Institut Mines-Télécom are listed amongst the leading Grandes Ecoles in France. Geared towards economic stakeholders, the activities of the institution involve research, innovation and education for engineers, managers, specialists and professors, and are acknowledged for their excellence at both national and international level. Furthermore, each year, approximately one hundred start-up companies are formed from the incubators of the schools.
University of Nîmes, by its professional vocation, University of Nîmes a structural and functional reorganization in line with its mission. The president is surrounded by a four vice-presidents, eight charge of missions and general services director who heads the administration. The team is based, for the management of the establishment, on a simplified flowchart. With the adoption of its statutes and rules of procedure, University of Nîmes, instances (university councils, guidance, commissions Research, Education ...) allowing him to live this structure around three departments of training - Science & Arts; Psychology, Literature, Languages and History; Law, Economics and Management
The Association of the International of the École des Mines of Alès gathered the student différénts present foreigner at the school.
You can contact them Aima@mines-ales.fr where to visit their web site at the following adress : http://www.mines-ales.fr/pages/schools-international-students-association-aima